October Hopefuls

Spooky season is here! Well, if we are being honest, I have been celebrating spooky season for the past three weeks now.

It is October — one of the best months of the year. Leaves are changing, the weather is getting crisp, and fall cardigans are getting pulled out of the storage bins (*sneezes*).

And, spooky books are being read! I am excited to share my October hopefuls this year. Naturally, they are very witch-oriented, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love reading witchy books in the fall.

Here are the books I want to read in October:

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

The Nature of Witches

I started this book the other day and I am already enjoying it. It’s a new take on witchcraft and magic. I respect the author’s not-so-subtle nod towards climate change and how the witches must try to protect the world from our ever-changing climate. There is also LGBTQ representation and diversity, which I appreciate. I love the atmospheric language associated with each season, and the idea that individuals are stronger and more “themselves” in the seasons when they are born. As a November baby, I can relate to that.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

A Lesson in Vengeance

This seems to be a dark, academic, witchy book that I can’t wait to pick up. I plan on reading this one next and I have a feeling it’s going to be good. I also heard it’s more of a thriller than a witchy book, so we will see! Also, the cover is really cool. I did judge the book by its cover for this one.

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

The Age of Witches

A Secret History of Witches was one of my favorite books last year, so I really look forward to this one! Morgan’s books are all about sisterhood and feature strong, powerful women. I can guess that this one will be much of the same.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Hour of the Witch

This one seems to be less magical and whimsical and more like historical fiction, but hey, I love historical fiction. It’s about a young puritan woman escaping a violent marriage in 17th century Boston.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline

This will be a reread with a buddy read group I am a part of on Bookstagram. For those who don’t know, Coraline is one of my favorite books and I reread it quite often! It’s frightening, eerie, empowering, and plain ol’ fantastic. I almost wrote my master’s thesis on Coraline, but I had to cut her from my list. I’m sure I will write more about her one day.

What are you reading this month? Share in the comments below!

And, check out these posts to see what I’ve read this year:

January Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

March Wrap-Up

April Wrap-Up

May to September Wrap-Up

Movie Time! 10 Halloween Movies to Watch in October

October is here, and that means it’s time to put on those layers, sit on the couch with a hot beverage (or a cold one!) and watch some Halloween movies! I really enjoyed sharing the spooky books that I love to read throughout the month of October, so I thought it would be fun to also share what movies I love to watch to get me in the Halloween spirit.

As a child at heart, a lot of my movies revolve around those Disney channel classics, but there are definitely some other scary movies that I watch (during the daytime of course) to celebrate one of the best holidays!

So, grab your popcorn and candy and snuggle down to these great Halloween movies:

“Coraline”

“Coraline” just happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time! Dive into the claymation world of Coraline, directed by Henry Selick based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

“Halloweentown” series (1-3)

Because who really liked the fourth one?! I love diving into a warm blanket of nostalgia and watching the Halloweentown series! I love Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Aggie in the movies and her famous quote: “Being normal is vastly overrated.”

“Hocus Pocus”

Of COURSE “Hocus Pocus” is on this list! Who doesn’t love this movie?! A great comedy and classic.

“Halloween”

This is definitely one of those movies that I watch during the day but really gets you spooked and in the Halloween spirit.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

This is Halloween! This is Halloween! My favorite part of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is its opening number, which really gets you excited about Halloween.

“Young Frankenstein”

Mel Brooks. Gene Wilder. Marty Feldman. Need I say more? “Young Frankenstein” is a great parody of the classic horror film, and will have you laughing throughout!

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

What? How does she manage to incorporate “Harry Potter” in everything she writes? Wizards, witches, magic, the one scene with the troll in the dungeon on Halloween. Just watch it!

“Corpse Bride”

Another Tim Burton classic! I love “Corpse Bride” for its storyline and music by the amazing Danny Elfman!

“The Nightmare on Elm Street”

Remember those movies you watch during the day? Yep—here’s another one. Enjoy this classic slasher film to get you into the Halloween spirit…but don’t fall asleep.

“Frankenweenie”

Yes—Tim Burton owns stop-motion Disney Halloween films (and so does Danny Elfman). I love “Frankenweenie”—it’s such a funny, warm, family-friendly movie! Give it a try!

 

What movies did I forget? There are so many!